May 2017 Archive for Media Room

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A listing of when and where Metropolitan New York congregations and members appear in the media. For more information or to share an article with us, contact Rebekah Thornhill.

Rebranded ELCA church is a place of welcome for believers and nonbelievers alike

May 30, 2017

 Park_Church_Coop_33_m"On a sunny spring Sunday morning, the people of Park Church Co-op gathered for worship in their historic sanctuary, in the Brooklyn, New York, neighborhood of Greenpoint. The pews were totally empty. Instead, the congregants sat in an oval of chairs arranged on the chancel, around the communion table. Attendance that day: nine.


Simply by virtue of the body count, the church might appear to be failing. Once, more than 200 worshippers filled those pews on a typical Sunday. Yet since 2013, when the Rev. Amy Kienzle took over as pastor of what was then called the Lutheran Church of the Messiah, the congregation has shown signs of vigorous life and vibrant ministry."


Read the full article from Faith and Leadership at Duke Divinity here

Those Who Leave, Those Who Stay: 4 Queer Christians in New York City Tell Their Stories

May 30, 2017

"For queer people who have grown up evangelical, choosing a queer-affirming church is not an easy task. It can mean more than choosing a church with an inclusive stance on LGBTQ issues — it often means choosing a different type of church altogether, one that may read the Bible more radically, worship more liturgically, and congregate differently...


Abreu started attending St. Lydia's, an LGBT-affirming activist church in Brooklyn, on Sunday evenings. The liturgical form of worship was strange to him at first, coming from Hillsong’s charismatic style — he wondered whether God’s presence could be in a church where people were not crying during worship. But he was relieved to be in a space that was affirming that also actively talked about race and social justice, something he felt was missing at Hillsong, so he kept coming back."


Read the full article in Sojourners here


Finding Meaning in Health Crises

May 25, 2017

28vocations-master768What kind of support do you provide?

I do quite a bit of grief counseling, helping people who receive an unexpected medical diagnosis or are facing end-of-life decisions. That includes families who may have to decide whether to remove a family member from life support.


Is every decision about life or death?

Sometimes it’s helping someone deal with a chronic but life-changing illness, like rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes or kidney disease. I help people find meaning in their situation.


Read the full interview with MNYS Pastor Carol Schneider from The New York Times here